When an individual uses drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time, their brain and body build up a tolerance to it. In order to rectify this balance after a period of time, the user has to compensate by using more and more of the drug in order to attain the same high. In some cases, they need to do this just to feel ‘normal’.
After this chemical transformation has taken place, removing the drug completely from the individual’s system can be detrimental and in some cases life threatening. The body at this point can no longer compensate for the imbalance of chemicals forcing the user into drug ‘withdrawal’.
The process of drug withdrawal is much like taking out a loan. When you use drugs or alcohol, you receive a ‘loan’ of euphoric feelings that you would not otherwise get without them. When you stop taking the drug, you need to pay them back.
Some of the feelings and symptoms of drug withdrawal include nausea, diarrhea, tremors, loss of appetite, chills, sweating and general discomfort. This can vary from person to person, depending on what drug they may be withdrawing from.
Drug withdrawal can be a very serious condition. In many cases, depending on how long the individual has been using drugs, the quantity used, and the frequency used, they may require detox.